We are re-launching Thinking in SpaceTime on Wednesday, October 18th, 5pm.
We go through our graduate lives, getting expertise around specific questions, constructing our particular positions with adherence to specific theories. Along the way, somehow, we lose track how other frameworks approach the central debates that occupy much of our thinking. Encountering different perspectives is important in developing an attitude in knowledge production. This is how we learn not to rely on concrete assumptions, by being ‘kept on our toes’, so to speak. We can only read so far! It is time to put those readings into practice; we aim at tackling themes and issues in social sciences through a collective and heterogeneous bibliography.
Thinking in Space Time invites you to jazz things up a bit and take up some of the challenging debates in our discipline by exploring different traditions, as a group. For each subject of debate people can choose a tradition they want to explore and find a text addressing the subject in that tradition. Thinking in Space Time bi-weekly meetings will be spent bringing together the diverse traditions and see if we can have a better understanding of the subject/debate when looking at it from different angles. Here are some of the traditions and debates we thought we could explore during this semester:
Traditions to explore
Marxist School of Thought (including critical theories)
Indigenous School of Thought (different branches and approaches)
Actor-Network Theory [and (new) materialism]
Feminism (Different branches)
Subjects to debate
Ontological Turn & Anthropocene
Speculation & Futurity
We will hold a first meeting on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 5pm (after the FRQSC deadline at 4pm that day!) for an informal conversation and to decide on who wants to read what tradition for the coming debate. Our first official meeting around a debate and various traditions would be on October 25th, 2017. We are looking forward to reconvene with Space-Time Thinkers and to meet new ones too!
We will meet bi-weekly in EV 10.625 on Wednesdays from 5-7pm beginning October 25th, 2017. This will be open to graduate students. We invite you to bring snacks and drinks.
"You can't both think about something and also reflect on your own thinking about the matter. This is because you need to make a choice between two complementary situations: either you think about something, in which case that something is the object of your thoughts, or you examine your process of thinking about something, in which case your thoughts about what you are thinking (about something), and not the something itself, are the object of your thoughts" (Barad, 2007, p.21)
Ethnography lab & living gallery EV.Building, 10.625, Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology, Sir George Williams Campus, Concordia University, 1515 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC